Editorial

Wigs for people with cancer-related hair loss have improved since mum’s Trump bouffant

A new charity is creating stylish wigs for people facing medical-related hair loss
Trevor Sorbie

Hairdresser Trevor Sorbie's fantastic mynewhair charity is helping people with cancer-related hair loss feel less self-conscious

I was almost eight years old when my mum was diagnosed with leukaemia, and some of my most vivid memories of her treatment and subsequent recovery are inextricably linked to her hair. I looked on as her thick, wavy auburn hair came out in clumps and I used one of my Barbie doll combs to brush hairs from her pillow.

Then there was the day she brought home a wig from the hospital: a mousy, wiry bouffant Donald Trump would be proud of.

When she tried it on, she didnt look like my mum anymore. Even my grandmother did a double take when she saw her, barely recognising her

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Hairdresser Trevor Sorbie's fantastic mynewhair charity is helping people with cancer-related hair loss feel less self-conscious

Hairdresser Trevor Sorbie's mynewhair charity helps people with cancer-related hair loss feel less self-conscious
Hairdresser Trevor Sorbie

I was almost eight years old when my mum was diagnosed with leukaemia, and some of my most vivid memories of her treatment and subsequent recovery are inextricably linked to her hair. I looked on as her thick, wavy auburn hair came out in clumps and I used one of my Barbie doll combs to brush hairs from her pillow.

Then there was the day she brought home a wig from the hospital: a mousy, wiry bouffant Donald Trump would be proud of.

When she tried it on, she didn’t look like my mum anymore. Even my grandmother did a double take when she saw her, barely recognising her own daughter.

We all had a good laugh at how hideous the wig looked, before it went back in its box and my mum opted for a turban until her hair eventually grew back.

New advances in wig-styling for medical-related hair loss

Almost 30 years on, however, my mum still talks about how self-conscious hair loss made her feel. 

Thankfully things have moved on and in Coping with chemo: charity customises wigs for patients dealing with hair loss we look at the work of mynewhair, a fantastic charity that supports people facing medical-related hair loss by offering a wig-styling service through a network of salons and specially trained hairdressers.

Its founder is celebrity hairdresser Trevor Sorbie. He set up mynewhair in memory of his sister-in-law Jackie, who lost her hair during treatment for bone cancer and asked if he could help with a wig.

He describes the charity’s work as ‘psychological medicine’, and a crucial part in preparing mynewhair stylists to work with people who may be feeling especially vulnerable is the training they receive from nurses.

Nurse-led services for men with prostate cancer encourages self-management 

In Prostate cancer: supported self-management programme gives patients more control we look at an innovative project in prostate cancer services, which is helping more than 600 men.

The TrueNTH supported self-management programme combines workshops, dedicated support staff and access to online services for men whose condition is stable after treatment.

The programme is to be commended: not only does it help give men more control over their care, it eases pressure on already stretched services.

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